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. we are endlessly reminded that everything must be on the table, including defense, which accounts for about 20% -- as you probably know -- of the budget. but defense doesn't really seem to be on the table in terms of widely-discussed solutions or strategies. instead, we confront sequestration, a thoroughly bad idea for getting a defense budget or any other budget. unless we take action, we could face a fiscal or economic crisis that forces cuts to our military priorities, steep and arbitrary cuts that are neither coherent, nor prioritized. the question is, can we and how do we achieve savings that can improve our fiscal outlook while meeting our national security needs? to quote admiral mullen again, he said the pentagon budget was basically doubled in the last decade, and in doubling we have lost the ability to prioritize. to make hard decisions, to do tough analyses, to make trades. we also need a review of our defense strategy that makes sure that we are preparing for the threats and risks of the 21st century, not those of the past. the foundation has funded two efforts along t
in europe. any deployment will be defensive only. it will in no way support a in fly zone or any offensive operation. >> syria possessions missiles. we know they have the chemical weapons. of course, they also would have to be included in our calculations. this is will the reason why it is a matter of urgency to ensure effective defensive protection of our ally, turkey. >>reporter: these missile batteries will be programmed only to intercept missiles coming from syria which will be in operation in a few weeks. >>shepard: the syrian president is being wanted not to use the weapons but are there signs he could be getting the message? >>reporter: the white house press secretary seems to think so. >> the president spoke of this explicitly and we had this conversation yesterday about another component being proliferation. it is you spy, syria, or proliferation of, the chemical weapons stockpiles. it is hard to imagine they are not fully aware of the seriousness of the president's position on this. >> secretary of state clinton is in brawls attending the nato foreign minister session. she emphas
. the justices will also review a provision of the federal "defense of marriage act" or doma that deprives legally married gay couples of federal benefits that are available to heterosexual couples. same-sex marriage is legal or will be soon in nine states and the district of columbia. but 31 states have amended their constitutions to bar gay unions. here with us to explain today's development, and where it could lead, is marcia coyle of "the national law journal." welcome back, marcia. >> thanks, marg wet. >> warner: so is it fair to say first of all that the court's decision to hear these first two cases in itself a momentous decision? >> absolutely. a number of gay rights organizations, particularly as if relates to the federal defense of marriage act have been working towards that point. and yes, whatever the court says, if it reaches the merits of these cases will be extremely important. >> warner: let's take them one by one, prop 8 in california first. remind us briefly of how what started out as a state issue ended am in the supreme court. >> the california supreme court a number of
today. >> important social issues. >> the defense of marriage act. >> on the table for the supreme court. >> will the court be ahead of where the public is? >> what a question. what a story. >> good evening. i'm alex wagner in for lawrence o'donnell. will the republicans be able to face reality before we go over the fiscal curb? with just 24 days to go, it fell to chris wallace to try to get through to the fox news crowd. >> one side is going to have to give, you know. any bet on which side it's likely to be? >> on that issue, i think that the republicans are going to have to give. i mean, it was key issue in the election. it's unsustainable for boehner and the republicans to be in a position where they are blocking a tax cut for 98% of americans because they want to protect the tax rates of the top 2%. that may be right or wrong on its merits. but politically, it seems pretty clear. and you see more and more conservatives and republican office holders who are caving on that. >> later that morning, house speaker john boehner updated reporters on the negotiations with president obama. >>
for defense of democracy. they are hosting a forum called "dictators and dissidents." we'll take you live to the event with remarks from incoming chairman ed royce and senator bob casey and talking about syria and tensions in iran coming up in a few minutes. we will bring you a portion of the morning portion of the discussion at the foundation for defense of democracy. this segment and this panel discussion focused on the egyptian elections. >> good morning everyone. thank you, bob, for that introduction and thank you all of you for coming out early this morning for what i think will be a lively debate. we are going to be asking the question if democracy is to triumph in the middle east, victories at the ballot box are inavoidable and essential. this is the motion we will be debating in the intelligence-squared format per requests from our panelists who have done this once already -- they have had a practice round. they have not had a chance of doing this, but i suspect, had probably had several scotches and talked about ways to defeat their foes. we know that this is a time of revolution
it and in addition, to the federal defense of marriage act. two different things. that act restricts federal benefits gay couples can get by defining marriage as something that exists between a man and a woman. 38 states have laws or amendments that outlaw gay marriage. north carolina the most recent state to prohibit it it but nine states, and the district of columbia have already legalized gay marriage or in the process of doing so now. this has been one of the most charged social issues in the marriage. polls indicate people support gay marriage. now we know within a matter of months the supreme court could help settle it once and for all. molly henneberg on fox top story live for us in washington this evening. molly, explain more cases about the justices are going to hear. >> the supreme court had seven same sex marriage cases in front of it and selected these two. windsor vs. the u.s. is the defense of marriage case or dome that case. specifically looking at part of the law that gives federal benefits such as tax breaks to heterosexual married couples, not to same-sex married couples. is that eq
the future of gay marriage throughout the entire united states. at issue is the federal government defense of marriage act that defines marriage as only the union between a man and woman and california's proposition 8 which banned gay marriage was overturned by an appeals court. cnn's crime and justice correspondent joe johns has been following both cases for us. joe, explain the impact of today's decision. >> well, it is big impact. as you know, this is one of those cases that people talk about over the water cooler. let's start with proposition 8. very simple, wolf, it is the california ballot initiative passed in 2008 by the people of the state of california that established marriage as between a man and a woman. it overturned a court case that said same sex couples have the right to marry. windsor is the other case you were talking about, it is an attack on defense of marriage act which was passed in 1996 by the congress, signed by the president. it's called windsor against the united states. it is about a woman named edith windsor who had a long time relationship with her partner, and
's defense. >> she had reviewed the dpeor foer going. >> on sunday shows and went well beyond the talking points, we have decimated al-qaeda, that was nowhere on the talking points, said things the attack was a result of a heinous and offensive video. said the security at our consulate and strong and significant. that is not in the talking points and frankly not supported by the record of what happened. >> the talking points came from the intelligence community. you don't hear one criticism of david petraeus. it was his shop that produced the talking points that susan rice talked about. is there a double standard here? it appears there is, very unfair one. >> gregg: last week rice met with members of the senate armed services committee to try to explain the situation. lindsay graham saying that ambassador rice did not help herself very much. >> heather: supporters of mohammed morsi staging a demonstration in washington, d.c. standing in front of the egyptian embassy armed with signs. opponents were also out carrying signs with slogans like egypt deserves better. >> gregg: the highest cour
and of those people. >> indianapolis criminal defense attorney jack crawford said justice was served in this case and now makes indiana's history. when you handle other people's money, you have to do so carefully and wisely and honestly and clearly durham didn't do that. when you invest your money if a deal looks too good to be true, it probably is. >> that was jake miller and we are watching thuation in mexico tonight. a new president sworn in today . now a vilent reaction in mexico city and what it means for the two countries who share a border, us and them . a live look at some looming clouds building out west. a violent weather system headed to the color coast. they are calling it an atmospheric river. it sounds bad and looks bad. we'll have a live report. >> and bizarre warning for people in a small serbian village. why they are to get wood and garlic crosses together. somebody is coming. hum. i'm going to dream about that tiramisu. what a night, huh? but, um, can the test drive be over now? head back to the dealership? [ male announcer ] it's practically yours. but we still nee
on the diagnosis -- the docket on the defense of marriage act and a portion only recognizes marriage as between a man and a woman and has been challenged dozens of times. they agreed to take up a case dealing with defense of marriage act. two different cases but both going to the same issues. they are different on technical and legal points but the bottom line is the same and the court has told us it will hear two gay marriage cases and we expect the earliest to get on the calendar is march of 2013 so that means we will have a decision like we did with the president's health care law in late june next year. >>shepard: has the supreme court or members given any indication of where they are these days on these matters? >>shannon: when they grant the cases all we know there were four votes behind closed doors from the nine justices and it takes four votes to get the cases on the docket so there are that many who are interested. we thought they might take either of the defense of marriage act or proposition 8 but because they involve differences in the legal issues involved, it looks like they want
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on his own, without the government. meanwhile, why a former defense secretary says the battle in washington could have our military losing the war. we have more. ♪ neil: no deal. bp out, and if automatic cuts cut in january 1st because they have not figured it out, forget the economy. r military could be the one really getting slammed. spending making up for over 50% of the total budget cuts that would automatically be sequesteredded in. all other government programs share the rest. defense, half of them 80 other programs with the other half. william cohen on why it could be a scary thing. secretary, good to have you. what would be the immediate impact on the military, do you thk? >> well, the immediate impact would be on operations and maintenance. basically, cuts in training, programs will be deferred, it would have an impact in terms of our war on terror, in terms of being able to fund these prerly. whenever you talk about budget cuts, usually, you have a premise that what arehe threats that face us. what's a strategy we have to combat those threats? what is the revenue n
the government. meanwhile, why a former defense secretary says the battle in washington could have our military losing the war. we have more. ♪ man: we are rolling. all right, mama's gonna bring it home, mama's gonna bring it home. oh, no! man: oh, mom! aah! announcer: challen your kids to be active and eat healthy. all right, let's see what you can do. let's go. announcer: search "we can" for ideas on how to get healthy together. neil: no deal. bp out, and if automatic cuts cut in january 1st because they have not figured it out, forget the economy. our military could be the one really getting slammed. spending making up for over 50% of the total budget cuts that would automatically sequesteredd in. all other government programs share the rest. defense, half of them 80 other programs with the other half. william cohen on why it could be a scary thing. secretary, good to have you. what would be the immediate impact on the military, do you think? >> well, the immediate imct would be on operations and maintenance. basically, cuts in training, programs will be deferred, it would have an impact i
where it should be and and the bloated defense budget. unnecessary social programs. me? i think we aren't where we need to be yet when the it comes to abandoning all the hope. i think the postfiscal cliff world has -- not to matter. those people are polyannas. i think we go into a recession with lots of layoffs and the fiscal cliff was designed to compromise. the cliff was designed to scare legislators into rising above politics and compromise. everyone knew about the growth. just like in europe. means it could be, in fact, reduced dramatically. fewer jobs, larger deficit. not smaller. and the federal reserve that's throwing up its hands, can't do anything. as i said last night, it doesn't matter. we can pick our stocks and buy them down. like the fabulous names, amazon, ulta salons. buy them down in scales like i outline in the book "real money." now suggesting other groups giving you a bang for the buck. new groups betting that the hope will be squeezed out and the bottom gets put in before a deal is made -- or not. why not? we know the auto market is for 11 years now and we have been
on to half a trillion in cuts, in domestic programs and half a trillion in defense, understand what this is as a conservative, defense is 16% of the budget. other 84% gets half a trillion, defense getting half a trillion. the democrats are welcoming this to happen. >> the guy who ran second to mitt romney, many argue now with -- i think this is -- republicans are running with tail between their legs, and they are a lighter blue. >> they are referred to as cheap democrats. neil: you are persona nongratta now. or party we knew is gone. >> i'm hoping that is not the case. i'm hoping we'll have new members come in. and you know, we -- just saw it, i got involved in not a fiscal thing but it had to do with a u.n. treaty that the left's to s to hoist on u.s. that thing was going to pass, we got involved, an organization that i run, patriot voices, we stirred up the pot, got people to pay attention. neil: you are a force, you are a very commanding force it would be in upper tier of perspective presidential candidate. >> i appreciate, that but point is, i do not say that to pat our organiza
that in the senate. in terms of saving money on defense, you are right, and we are. the two sides agreed to over $500 billion in defense cuts. people say is this funny money, is it real? it is not something i am in favor of because we live in a dangerous world we will lose 75,000 soldiers. we wanted to have 213 combat vessels. we will have 288. this is real reduction. i think the secretary of defense, secretary leon panetta has -- will tell you we have gone as far as we can safely go. i think both sides, and the president, i do not think we want military capability lower. i think we have saved as much as we possibly can. in terms of the other things, after the bush tax cuts came to thousand three, and revenue is higher than it was in 2003, and generated a lot of growth, and the deficit with the last republican majority leaving office -- our problem is a spending problem. we're spending a lot more money than we were then when the president came into office. we're putting off dealing with entitlement programs. we will double the people on medicare in the next 20 years. we should focus on where the prob
.n. ambassador susan rice or john kerry? >> well, for defense secretary who will it be? senator john kerry possible for that. and of course the vietnam vet later turned against the war and raises a huge red flag in the near future and the veterans for america join us now, hi, pete. >> thanks for having he me. >> read the pre-interview with you. and you're not a fan of either of these choices. what worries you? >> well, a great deal does, and a lot of it comes to judgment and you played the clip about john kerry and iraq and i still found myself in iraq, imagine that? and he's, both of them have records, set aside benghazi, set aside some of the recent events with susan rice and judgments on management of conflicts called into question and she was in the national security council back in 1993 when rwanda kicked off and she made a controversial comment about, well, if we call it a genocide and don't act. what will be the implications on the november mid term election? and if you hook at-- and then later on, reflexively supported the regime in ruwan da when there were more war crimes committe
went into defensive operations right away. abandoned building no reason for life hazard to be concerned. >> the roof collapsed during the fire. one firefighter was slightly injured. >> police have released a suspect sketch in the city's first homicide in 40 years and they're searching for this person who you are about to see in a moment who is described as white, or hispanic, early 20s, dark hair and dark eyes. the victim was a former owner of the mountain winery, ravi kumra, his wife called police friday morning. he said an intruder killed her husband, attacked her and ransacked her home. the wife was treated at the hospital for her injuries. >> the nfl kansas city chiefs are still in a state of shock after a shooting outside the team's headquarters. one of to chiefs' players shot and killed the mother of his the-month-old daughter and then turned the gun on himself. reporter: the murder-suicide brought disbelief, shock, and grief. what drove kansas city chief linebackeroff von belcher to kill his girlfriend and mother of their three-month-old daughter. then belcher drove to arrowhead
air act to reduce carbon pollution from existing power plants. the natural resource defense council came out with a study that said he could use existing authority to reduce emission 20% from power plants. that would be a big deal. there are all these efficiency standards locked up in the white house that need to be set free. he could take more leadership role in the pentagon use of clean energy. the pentagon has become a leader but now it's time to expand that. if the president really took an aggressive set of actions we could actually meet this commitment that he made three years ago before the copenhagen negotiations for a 17% reduction in carbon pollution and then we could lead the way for international negotiations. >> eliot: let me just jump in on the clean air act. there is a point that people need to understand. the white house has been pretty good about issuing resolutions leading to new power plants. not existing coal burning plants. even though now regs are good, if you apply those retrospectively to existing coal plants then you would be capturing and harnessing a much b
recently this week in working through a large and complex defense authorization bill that will keep our nation safer and more secure in these perilous times. it will take more of this kind of cooperation and consensus building to address the very real and substantial challenges facing our nation today. that is why i'm deeply concerned about a proposal floated recently by some members of the majority regarding the rules of the senate. they propose to change the nearly 100-year-old senate rule that requires a two-thirds majority to change the operating rules of the senate. our colleagues in the majority are proposing to use a simple majority vote to make the change. that's the issue here. the issue is the manner in which they plan to do it. once the precedent of changing a rule with a simple majority vote is established, 51 senators could change the rules to suit their own convenience. in other words, they want to break the rules in order to change the rules. that would be a big mistake. that would be, as the majority leader himself said in his own book, the death of the senate. votes tha
on every defensive play to contain redskins quarterback phenom robert griffin the third. and who could mean more than the reigning defensive lineman of the year, terrell suggs. he tore his right biceps muscle. six weeks after returning to duty following achilles heel surgery, and slowly but surely, suggs has made his presence known. but for now, his wanting to be on the field may exceed his need for suiting up. so siz -- sizzles is his nickname. will you play on sunday? >> we gotta see how it goes. you all pretty much know me, who have been around here for sometime. we kind of live by you know, the creed is, you can breathe, you can play. but we just gotta check it out. see how it holds up throughout the week. >> despite terrell suggs' return, still being up in the air. defensive star ray lewis practiced today for the first time since mid-october. via a written statement. an excited ray lewis said he is making tremendous progress. won't be able to play against the skins this weekend. but he'll try to help his team prepare for that game in whatever
in. all other government programs share the rest. defense, half of them 80 other programs with the other ha. william cohen on why it could be a scary thing. secretary, good to have you. what would be the immediate impact on the military, do you think? >> well, the immediate impact would be on operations and maintenance. bacally, cuts in training, programs will deferred, it would have an impact in terms of our war on terror, in terms of being able to fund these properly. wheneverou talk about budget cuts, usually, you have a premise that what are the threats that face us. what's a strategy we have to combat those threats? what is the revenue necessary to fund the execution of the strategy? now we have a situation where just take it across the board, and deal with it. i think it's going to be very dangerous for us. it's not that the defense budget can't be cut. we already mandated 500 billion in cuts over ten years. this is another 500 billion meing roughly, next year, starting in january, another 58 billion in 2013 comes out. that means we're going to have a major impact o
command, one of the six unified geographic departments in the department of defense. what you may not know is that general ham is the only four star general currently serving in the army who started off as an enlisted enininfantry man. on my business, they talk about self-made entrepreneurs with great respect. i think we have one of the great self-made generals. general ham's service spans the nobody, including saudi aabe ya, qatar, macedonia and iraq. and what a career he has had. before taking the lead at u.s. africom, general ham was the commander of europe. mike his decorations, the defense superior medal. the legion ofmeter with two oak leaf clusters, the bronze star medal and the joint service commendation medal. it's a privilege to have general ham with us here today, and on behalf of everyone assembled i'd like to thank him for his service to the country. please join me in welcoming general ham the floor and thanking the homeland policy institute for convening this event. general ham. [applause] >> i think you can probably abbreviate that introduction and say, i'm a pretty old sold
like it. i already own it. you see how much i like it because i own it. that was the primary defense. you haven't seen a great many big prosecutions in this area. interestingly enough, one of the areas that they did, oh, about 25 years ago, prosecute some folks on was running a options portfolio. they marked the stock up to make the options more attractive so they got a bigger bonus from their firm. >> they closed the stock on the strike too, right, art? >> absolutely. >> the options owners wouldn't make any money. >> that's right. >> are you expecting, ron, that we're going to see various sort of techniques at year end to make the portfolios look better? >> i think now that this has become so public with "the wall street journal" article, it focuses on the movement of very thinly traded stocks. one thing to watch out for is they don't invest in this microcap world that is so easily pushed around. they were talking about one stock in the article that had a market value of $36 million. any individual can move a stock with that kind of market cap. you want to stay away from funds that
% of the city's economy is tied to defense spending. and in response to sea level rise, the navy has been replacing 14 piers at a cost of $35 million to $40 million apiece. >> sea level here is coming up for lots of reasons. there is no reason for it to go down. it just keeps coming up. >> reporter: larry atkinson heads the climate change and sea level rise institute at old dominion university. >> there is anecdotal evidence and there is real evidence that we have from the tide gauges we have. we can measure this. the science is simple. >> reporter: atkinson is part of a team of scientists the state of virginia has hired to study flooding. an early draft of the bill in the state assembly that funded the study drew criticism from some conservatives. the virginia tea party described the study on its website as: "more wasted tax dollars for more ridiculous studies designed to separate us from our money and control all land and water use." the final bill avoided the phrases sea level rise and climate change and won overwhelming bipartisan support this year. >> some people have tried to spin i
diagnosis. the court also agreed to hear a challenge to the federal defense of marriage absent. it defines marriage as, quote, only a legal union between one man and one woman. the law had a big effect on eddie windsor of new york who married thea spire. when she died leaving her the state, the irs sent a tax bill for $363,000 because they did not consider them to be married. >> i think ultimately just couldn't believe it. i couldn't believe they were making a stranger of this person i lived with and loved for 43 something years. >> under that law, same-sex couples who are legally married are denied about 1,000 federal benefits that other married couples get. after supporting defense of marriage act the obama administration concluded last year it violates the constitution. >> we cannot defend the federal government poking its nose into what states are doing and putting a thumb on the scale against same-sex couples. >> house republicans are now taking up the law's legal defense. supporters say it helps preserve traditional marriage. >> unions of two men or two men are not the same as a marr
it as well. they bring it physically. ed, he is at the top of their defense. let's go to that ravens castle. he hopes to play against the fact he haspite the a torn bicep. he tore it last sunday against the steelers. he has defied the odds i coming it will ben injury. at fedexe decision field. i'm concerned about whether i will help or hinder the team by playing. >> let's go to baseball. spring training. two players left after being th a --ed wit roach will come back. davie johnson said -- roach is coming back. there is a lot of buzz over the wizards win last night. do not make too much out of the .oss for miami do not blame the heat. they played a good ballgame. they play a monster game tomorrow night against the new york knicks. they want to build on the win and you cannot blame him for that. >> now maybe it is paying off. we should have one gains, but we did not. let's move on. rg iii was at the game. he lent them his magic. how about that rocket game last night? something you might hear around the house, but not on the airwaves. he missed it. rebound. no good. rebound. no good. the lake
by police and only given to them recently. the neighborhood watch volunteer claims he shot martin in self-defense. his trial is set for june. >>> doctors in arizona say an 11-year-old girl could die if she's not brought back to the hospital soon. this is surveillance video of her mother walking her out of a phoenix hospital last wednesday. doctors had to amputate the girl's arm and insert a heart catheter. the border patrol stopped her father over the weekend but said he had nothing to do with his daughter's disappearance. >>> in georgia, high carbon monoxide level at a school sent at least 42 students and seven adults to the hospital. students started feeling sick at an elementary school, so they evacuated the school. all the victims were treated and released. officials say the school does not have carbon monoxide detectors because they are not required by georgia law. >>> up next on a tuesday morning, we'll have your weather forecast. in this morning's money watch, mitt romney goes back to work a month after losing his bid for the white house. the republican presidential candidate has a new job
viewing. patti ann? >> norah, the north american aerospace defense has been tracking santa every year as he travels around the world for christmas. ever since 1955 without fail. a new children's book shows how important this defense command is to keeping christmas safe. michael keen is the author of the night santa got lost. how norad saved christmas. great to have you here. >> thanks for having me. >> what inspired you to write this book? >> i was embedd in iraq with the 101st air division we were in a town close to the syrian border in 2003. on christmas day the troops got me and dragged me out of bed early and wanted to show me something. dragged me outside flthrough a flood light on and illuminated this 50-foot christmas tree they put up. you can't find a christmas tree in iraq. it showed me the ingenuity and america's spirit of trying to celebrate christmas wherever they are. and the second event was a couple years later i was invited by u.s. air force general duncan mcnabb head of transportation command to the air force base. they do this incredible mission of delivering million
that is are aware, are very quick to point out that at this point they have absolutely no defense whatsoever against that type of weaponry. ever since this conflict began, the civilian population has been incapable of protecting itself against bullets and bombs. there most certainly is no defense whatsoever should the regime decide to deploy chemical weapons. >> are they afraid of that possibility? do they talk about that, the possibility of their own government turning on them like that and unleashing these type of weapons? >> they most certainly do, suzanne. especially obviously the conversation amongst those that are aware of it. they do feel that this is a regime that has absolutely no mercy whatsoever, and the greater the tranglehold on regime forces grows, the greater the likelihood that the assad government could, in fact, choose to take this kind of drastic measure against its own population. people have no doubt in their minds about the lengths to which this government -- the assad government will go to stay in power. one rebel commander, we were speaking to yesterday, was saying if you loo
, the defense of marriage act. this administration will not defend it in the courts. if that gets struck down, what does that say to cases around the country where people have been allowed to marry in the same gender? chad, on that. what happens it doma gets struck down by the court, 5-4 or whatever? >> the ridiculously named defense of marriage act would be gone obviously. >> what would it mean to a gay person who is married? >> that would mean that couples who are married in those states as well as the district of columbia, their marriages would be recognized by the federal government. now, it would mean we still have a lot of work to do, and depending on how they rule in the prop 8 case, we would still need other states to move forward with the right to marry. >> right. >> thank you. it's an honor to have you on and your organization. elizabeth birch, we are in a much bigger studio. >>> the republican establishment is at war with its crazy wing. they say they lost the election because ideologues pulled mitt romney foo far to the right. that sounds reasonable. wrong says the right wing. we
, defense of marriage act. this administration won't defend it in the courts. if that gets struck down, what does that say to cases where people have been allowed to marry in the same gender. what happens if doma gets struck down by the court, 5-4, whatever. >> the ridiculously named defense of marriage act would be gone. >> what would it mean to a person married? >> that would bemean couples married in those states would be recognized by the federal government. would mean we still have a lot of work to do and depending how they rule in the prop 8 case we still need other states to move forward with the right to marry. >> an honor to have you on and elizabeth, glad to have you back in a much bigger studio now. the republican establishment at war with his crazy wing, said they lost election because i ideologues pulled mitt romney too far to the right. wrong says the right ring, we lost because mitt romney wasn't right wing enough. the winner will determine whether the gop returns to the center or becomes a more fringy party. >>> two people get in the room. the president and the leader of the
-year-old trayvon martin. zimmerman claims he shot the teen in self-defense during a violent struggle and martin inflicted the bloody nose. does this change the arc of this case? let's talk about it with lose we will, fox news analyst and crystal panich a criminal defense attorney. the shooting happened and that photo was taken february 26th, 2012. >> right. jon: apparently the prosecution didn't release the color version of the photo until october 29th. doesn't that eight-month delay hurt the prosecution, the people who are trying to put george zimmerman in jail here? >> well it does hurt the prosecution but it is not fatal to the prosecution. the prosecutors should have turned over the color version from the very beginning. as a prosecutor you turn over everything. i have a open file system. everything goes over to the defense because i don't want these kind of allegations coming out later that i didn't turn things over. that being said it is the same photo, jon. it is not a different photo. just color versus black and white. it will not change the arc of the cases a you said. jon:
the federal defense of marriage act, or d doma, and another involving california's proposition 8, banning same-sex marriages in that state. for analysis into these historic cases, what's going to be a historic hearing, i want to bring in kinji yoshityoshito, professor of constitutional law at new york city. great to see you. >> good to see you. >> put prop 8 aside for a second. do you believe that the supreme court will strike down doma. this is what what you've said. walk me through your thinking on that one. >> y bet. so doma is a really narrow challenge insofar as what the statute does is it says for federal purposes marriages are defined between one man and one woman. so i think it might be best to clarify this by example. so you take edie windsor, a plaintiff coming out of new york who's going to be the plaintiff in this case. she was with another woman for 40 years. they got married in 2007. when her partner passed away, her wife passed away, for state purposes, in the eyes of new york state, she was next of kin. so her remains were released to edie. but for federal purposes, they were c
the defense of marriage act is constitutional, they are also going to decide whether proposition 8 in california, that case, whether the ban on same sex marriage there is unconstitutional. and that could affect all 50 states. so there is at least the potential that by the end of june, all 50 states will be ordered to have same sex marriage. there is a long way between here and there, but that is now a possibility. >> what is so interesting about this, this is not just about the marriage issue, so much as it is an equal protection issue because so many people have been denied benefits under federal law. >> that's the defense of marriage act case. what the defense of marriage act case, what the law says, passed in 1996, signed into law by president clinton, that law says that the federal government will not recognize same sex marriages, even in the states where it's legal. so if you are a married couple, same sex couple in massachusetts, you can't file a joint tax return, can't inherit tax free the way heterosexual married couples can. the obama administration says, agrees that law i
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